Unless you live under a rock you are probably aware and may take part in the celebration of Pride Month each June.
But did you know that June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month? In fact, next Tue., June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
“Nearly 1 in 10 American senior citizens are abused or neglected each year, yet only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse is brought to the attention of authorities, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Community Living. Elder abuse can mean physical and psychological harm, but it also may manifest through financial exploitation and theft.
To raise awareness of this threat, the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse introduced the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 13 years ago.
A Few Simple Facts:
Protective Services in the State of Washington describes elder abuse of vulnerable adults as follows:
The National Center for Elder Abuse:
The NCEA provides the latest information regarding research, training, best practices, news and resources on elder abuse, neglect and exploitation to professionals and the public. First established by the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) in 1988 as a national elder abuse resource center, the NCEA was granted a permanent home at AoA in the 1992 amendments made to Title II of the Older Americans Act.
The NCEA is one of 27 Administration on Aging-funded Resource Centers. Research shows that as many as two million elders are abused in the United States.
Neglect and Self-Neglect:
The numbers are overwhelming, yet this is not a common topic of conversation, even among the senior population.
This column is the first of a series during the month of June to introduce the young and old to this growing problem. You now have the basics. Next week we will take a closer look.
Kathleen Anderson writes this column each week from her home in Olympia. Contact her at kathleen@theJOLTnews.com or post your comment below.